Member of the Month – Jon Velotta

Congrats to Jon who is our latest 5VCF Member of the Month!

He has been crushing the at home workouts lately and has seen fantastic improvements since coming into the gym two and half years ago. Read his story below:)

Keep up the awesome work Jon! We are grateful to have you as part of the community

Big thanks to Rattlesnake Market and Cafe for sponsoring our Member of the Month!! The Cafe side is doing doing take out and some delivery and the Market side is open. Please show your support and stop in there:)

Check out what Jon had to say…

Tell us a little bit about yourself (background, work, fun, etc.)

I’m from suburban Connecticut originally, just outside New York City, and moved to Montana in 2015 for work (wow that was an adjustment, let me tell you): I’m a biologist in a research lab at the University of Montana – we study the adaptations of animals that live at high-altitude (it’s sweet, I get to live at 10,000 feet in Colorado for a few weeks every summer). I’ve loved Montana these past few years, since a lot of what I like to do for fun is get outside (like a lot of folks here!). I also like movies at the Roxy, and drinking beer and whiskey with friends. I also love fitness, and that’s why I love the 5VCF community so much.

You’ve been super consistent with the live at home classes. What have you liked about those?

Yeah, I was really glad for the at-home classes because I was feeling like I really needed to work-out, but gyms were quickly becoming less-than-safe places. For me, it helps so much to see everyone and for everyone to see me! That’s why you’ll always see me with my camera ON! I don’t care if I look ridiculous, I look to the community for accountability and support, and it’s so helpful for me to see everyone getting after it!

If you didn’t have those classes what do you think your fitness routine would look like right now?

I don’t want to talk about it… I might run a little (which I do love to do) but honestly, I think it would be less frequent and less fulfilling. Even over video, working out with a group keeps me motivated and sane.

What were you doing for fitness before you joined 5 Valleys?

Before 5VCF I used to focus mostly on powerlifting. I competed a bit in grad school, and took that mentality with me even after I moved to Montana. That meant I would go to the gym only with one-rep-max in mind. But to be honest, after I stopped competing, I felt very un-directed – I would often go to the campus gym with no plan, no guidance, and no goals. Don’t get me wrong I love powerlifting, but I’ve realized that there is so much more to fitness and strength.

What are some things you enjoy about being a member?

For one, the great community. It’s really amazing to have people to workout with and to share common goals with. I look forward to ever day I get to head into the gym and see people I know and care about – that makes fitness so much more enjoyable. I like that everyone supports and challenges everyone else. You don’t get that at other gyms and it’s invaluable to fitness. I think the next think I enjoy most is the great coaching, and for me that’s about the balance between pushing me and helping me understand my limitations. The coaches are great at that. Plus, they just make it a more fun, positive, and dynamic place to be. Oh and Olympic weightlifting – who doesn’t love throwing weight around?

What results have you seen since joining(Improvements/accomplishments in the gym and life)?

I am thinner and in way way better shape since I joined. My whole routine before was focused on mass and strength, but I didn’t feel like it applied to any other aspect of my life. That totally changed when I joined. I feel that that diversity of training we do has made me overall more fit – I just can do things, especially outdoor things, at a pace and with an intensity that I could never do before. The community part of 5VCF has made me an overall happier person – I have more friends outside of work, and a fun place to blow off steam and forget about stress. I think this is especially important in the current times we find ourselves in.

What would you say to somebody on the fence about joining?

I think most people find CrossFit intimidating at first (probably because of all the all the grunting 🙂 ). I would say to someone on the fence that that intimidation goes away so fast, as soon as you come try it and meet everyone. Once you do, you will never be able to workout by yourself again – the community support, for those of any body and skill level, is overwhelming.

If you were a flavor of ice cream what flavor would that be and why?

🙂 Pistachio – it’s rare and delicious, maybe a tad mysterious??

Anything else to add?

5VCF is an amazing community, lead by some amazing people. It’s not just a gym, it’s a group – maybe more like a club – and I’m proud to be a part of it. Thanks for keeping us healthy and connected during this difficult time.

Want to be awesome like Jon and our other members? Click here and set up a phone call or virtual meeting to find out more about joining 5 Valleys CrossFit.